KLM Open: A trio of top-10 picks include rapidly-rising Englishman


As the PGA Tour Playoffs take a breather, focus shifts back to the European Tour and the KLM Open boasting a star-studded field led by two-time Major champion Martin Kaymer.

The popular annual tournament staged in the Netherlands has even attracted a true legend of the sport in the form of Tom Watson, though the American veteran’s odds of 250/1 suggests the lion’s share of the €1.8m purse will not be heading back with him.

Given his pedigree worldwide Kaymer certainly has among the best claims on the trophy he scooped in 2012, albeit that triumph arrived at a different course to Kennemer G & CC.

Three top 15s in his last four European Tour events see Kaymer 17th in the Race to Dubai standings heading into the business end of the season, ensuring the German is 8/1 favourite with Ladbrokes, which is not a terrible bet at all.

Instead of attempting the herculean task which is pinpointing the eventual victor around the links-style track in Zandvoort, though, these three players have been plucked out of the more forgiving top-10 market.

Eddie Pepperell @ 11/4

It’s only a matter of time before the 24-year-old Englishman marks his highly-promising professional career with a full-blown European Tour win.

Six top 10s last season included a fourth spot here at Kennemer for Pepperell, while the Abigdon native comes off 22nd spot at the Czech Masters and his best two results in 2015 have arrived on links-style courses also.

Richie Ramsay @ 3/1

The Scot’s ruler-straight hitting has carved him out a reputation as one of the finest ball strikers on the Tour and he’s a real horse for the course in Zandvoort.

A winner on the Tour already in 2015, Ramsay has finished inside the top 25 on his last four KOM starts, posting a runner-up finish in 2012 and shooting to 65s last year.

Miguel Angel Jimenez @ 4/1

The laid back Spaniard is still a force to be reckoned with, as shown by his 19th position in the Race to Dubai standings and 10th spot on his last European Tour start at the Scottish Open in July.

Jimenez finished halfway down the field at the KLM last year, but was only robbed of the trophy after a sudden death play-off hole against home favourite Joost Luiten in 2013 havinf finished 12 under par.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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